Learning Kubernetes (K8s) can be intimidating. There are so many great tools to increase your use of K8s, it’s confusing to know where to begin. You learned how to walk by first learning to crawl. In the same way, to effectively integrate K8s into your software infrastructure, you need to build a foundation一a foundation of knowledge where you understand the capability of K8s and how it can improve your organization’s operations.

What is Kubernetes?

K8s is a system for managing and orchestrating containerized applications in clusters. Essentially, K8s allows you to take a set of virtual or physical machines (servers) and transform them into a cluster that runs your containers, without expending a massive amount of resources.

How Kubernetes can improve your operations

More companies are integrating K8s into their infrastructures. Why? K8s saves them resources. K8s intrinsically manages clusters of containerized applications that would otherwise have to be managed manually.

The following are the core qualities of K8s. We’ll explain what they mean, why they matter and how they can help your organization.

Kubernetes is portable

K8s can work across any cloud infrastructure, including public or private infrastructures, hybrid environments, and multi-cloud environments.

Kubernetes is extensible

Nearly every aspect of your container management can be configured with K8s. If some infrastructure is not supported by the K8s core, it can be supported by a plug-in or module that works with K8s.

Kubernetes creates self-healing environments

K8s can pick up infrastructure failures and can move containers between nodes when they fail. It can auto-restart, auto-place, auto-replicate and auto-scale.

Kubernetes is scalable and reliable

As your traffic volume increases, all K8s components scale with this growth. This means your container management will remain reliable no matter the changes in traffic.

Kubernetes is well-documented and open source 

K8s is open source, meaning it’s freely available to be distributed and modified by anyone. Because of this, there are many training materials and community support, which has encouraged a large and active community that works with K8s.

The applications Kubernetes works across

K8s is being used across almost every application, including:

  • Data Science & Machine Learning
  • Digital Transformation & App Modernization
  • Digital – Web/Mobile
  • Microservices CI/CD
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

Why Kubernetes is worth it

K8s allows you to freely manage containers with nearly any application as your software grows and fluctuates. To integrate K8s efficiently and with ease, you can use a K8s management platform like Kublr. Kublr offers turnkey container management that allows you to deploy K8s across different environments without sacrificing operational capabilities.

Learn more about Kublr today!